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Recently I needed to create an ODBC source that would allow an application to read and write from a text file. An obvious question is: Why would I use ODBC to read from and write to a text file? After all, ColdFusion supports this easily using the tag. You'd be right if you were talking about a purchased copy of ColdFusion. My requirements involved ColdFusion Express, which doesn't support the tag. Unfortunately, there's little, dare I say no, documentation on how to use ODBC against text files. There was no information in the CF manuals, nothing on Allaires Web site, and nothing in the ODBC documentation from Microsoft. On the surface it seemed simple. But it wasn't. There were some surprises along the way. Eventually the mystery was solved, and I was able to read from and write to a text file. In the process I also decided to explore reading from... (more)